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Professor Ken Hyland

Education: PhD in Applied Linguistics

Affiliation: University of East Anglia, UK


School of Education and Lifelong Learning

University of East Anglia

Norwich NR4 7TJ


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After graduating with a degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, Ken Hyland went overseas to teach English. He first worked as a volunteer in the Sudan, and then taught in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Hong Kong, gaining an MA and a PhD along the way. After nine years at Lingnan and City University in Hong Kong, he was offered a professorship at the University of London, where he directed the Centre for Academic and Professional Literacies at the Institute of Education for six years. He returned to Hong Kong in 2009 to head CAES for 8 years then moved to the University of East Anglia in the UK. Ken formally retired in 2017 and is now a Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia and Jilin University, China.

Ken is a well-known researcher in the field of academic discourse, writing and EAP, and has published 34 books and 270 articles and given over 280 conference presentations around the world. This work has attracted over 67,500 citations on Google Scholar. His most recent books include a fourth edition of Teaching and Researching Writing (Routledge, 2022), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Discourse Analysis (co-edited with Brian Paltridge and Lillian Wong, 2021), Academic Discourse and Global Publishing (co-authored with Kevin Jiang, Routledge 2019), a second edition of Second Language Writing (CUP, 2019) and three further edited books in 2019 with CUP, Routlege and Palgrave. A collection of his most influential work is published as The Essential Hyland (Bloomsbury, 2018). He is founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and was co-editor of Applied Linguistics. Ken is an Honorary professor at Warwick University and a Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

Selected Publications